In the lead-up to his November 21 bout against Brandon Royval, Mexico’s Brandon Moreno made it clear that he thought he deserved to fight for the flyweight title that night when Cody Garbrandt pulled out of the UFC 255 main event, leaving Alex Perez to battle champion Deiveson Figueiredo for the belt.

But what was that old saying about things happening for a reason?

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“Everything was surreal,” laughs Moreno. “I knew I deserved the title fight even before Cody Garbrandt and Alex Perez. Then everything happened for one reason.”

Figueiredo immediately told the UFC that he was ready to stay in Vegas and defend his title. Then Moreno got the call from his manager.

“Do you want the fight on December 12?”

“It was crazy because in that moment, it was three weeks until the fight, so I was very nervous,” recalled Moreno. “But I talked with my head coach and he said, ‘You are ready. You don’t have injuries from the fight, you’re healthy, you’re in shape, and you have cardio. So it’s your time and your opportunity.’ And I took it because it is my opportunity to change my life.”

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